Book Review: All the Breaking Waves
All the Breaking Waves
by Kerry Lonsdale
Molly is a single mother with a lot of guilt. She has an eight-year-old daughter who is suffering from psychic visions that torment her at night. The only problem is that these visions happen to Cassidy’s friends and people she knows. Those visions coming true is almost worse than the four nights leading up to the events as Cassidy attempts to warn her friends of what will happen.
Cassidy’s visions have always come true, and since these visions are of horrible accidents or injuries, not happy events, she understandably freaks out when she receives one that features her mother.
As a result, Molly takes her daughter on a mini vacation to her grandmother’s house. In doing so, she revisits her past and is forced to face the demons of her past.
While I wanted to read on to know what happened, the story itself was not something I would ordinarily pick up. I tend to shy away from paranormal books, and this definitely had a paranormal theme with the psychic visions and whatnot. While it is well done, it’s not quite what I was expecting. In other words, it isn’t new agey with crystals and scrying and whatnot, but there is definitely a sense of the paranormal and the “gifts” that propel the plot, the plot is more about the character of Molly accepting who she is, accepting her past, and learning to embrace her daughter’s newfound abilities.
While the final twist of the book was a bit surprising, it was not a big enough twist to leave me awed and awestruck. Instead, I was simply expecting something like it. There was nothing I could truly put my finger on that I didn’t like, except that I didn’t fall in love with the characters or the plot. I didn’t necessarily care too much one way or the other how the characters ended up, and so I was left with a sense of “blah” at the end.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I was hoping to fall in love with it more than I did. Instead, I just felt it was rather forgettable.
Genre: women’s fiction, paranormal
I received a free copy from NetGalley for my honest opinion.